Saraband for Dead Lovers (1948)

Genres - Drama, Historical Film, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Drama  |   Run Time - 96 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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This lush 18th century period romance, based on historical fact, was the first color film from Britain's famed Ealing Studios, but it proved to be such a box office disappointment that Ealing never attempted such a lavish costume drama again. Sophie Dorothea (Joan Greenwood) is a young woman forced into a loveless marriage with Prince George Louis of Hanover (Peter Bull). George Louis is later crowned King George I of England. Despairing of ever experiencing true love, the depressed queen finds life at court no solace. Sophie then falls for a dashing Swedish soldier of fortune, Count Konigsmark (Stewart Granger). The feeling is mutual, and an affair begins, the couple carefully plotting to flee England to begin a new life together. Disaster strikes when they are overheard by Countess Platen (Flora Robson), a jealous former lover of Konigsmark's who takes her information to the king. Adapted from the Helen Simpson novel, Saraband for Dead Lovers (1948) was an early film for writer Alexander Mackendrick, who would later direct the classic Sweet Smell of Success (1957).

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aristocracy, Britain, castle, death, disillusionment, espionage, isolation, jealousy, king, love, lover, marriage-arranged, mistress, nobility, plans, prince, princess, responsibility, romance, royalty, scheme, star-crossed-lovers, Sweden